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Joie de Vivre : Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French
by Harriet Welty Rochefort


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An engaging exploration of the style that permeates all things French perfect for anyone looking to achieve that classic French flair

For Harriet Welty Rochefort, an American who has lived in France for many years with her very French husband, it's clear that the French truly are singular in the way they live, act, and think from the lightness of their pastries to the refinement of their Hermes scarves.  Read more...


 
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Overview

An engaging exploration of the style that permeates all things French perfect for anyone looking to achieve that classic French flair

For Harriet Welty Rochefort, an American who has lived in France for many years with her very French husband, it's clear that the French truly are singular in the way they live, act, and think from the lightness of their pastries to the refinement of their Hermes scarves. They simply exude a certain je ne sais quoi that is a veritable art form. The French revel in the moment, appreciate the time spent in preparing a perfect feast, pay attention to the slightest detail--whether flowers on the table or a knockout accessory on a simple outfit--and work hard when not enjoying their (considerable) leisure time without an ounce of guilt. Their joie de vivre can come where you least expect it: for the French it's better to have a chagrin d'amour than no amour at all, and for the Frenchman a day without discord is a day without a kick. They have fun (yes, fun ) when they fuss and feud, squabble and shrug.

When it comes to joie de vivre, Harriet is convinced the French are unbeatable. With good humor and genuine affection for the prickly, paradoxical, and pleasure-seeking Gauls, she takes the reader on her own personal journey through the often byzantine French mindset, sharing tips and tricks such as how to diet like a Frenchwoman and project confidence like a true Parisienne. In her signature warm, witty, and entertaining voice, Harriet shows how joie de vivre permeates the French way of life, precisely because it doesn't include a "pursuit of happiness." Fortunately, she discovered, you don't have to "pursue" happiness in France. It pursues you."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781250004567
  • ISBN-10: 125000456X
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
  • Publish Date: October 2012
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-08-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Rochefort, an American married to a Frenchman and living in the country for four decades, is a foreign observer of what it means to be French and, with wit and a unique insight, offers advice on loving life the way her adopted country does. The author, a Midwesterner, adapted quickly, although she’s still amused and baffled by Parisian women’s inability to give her compliments (other than her mother-in-law), the French passion for arguing—“controversy is the French national sport.” But what she does admire about the French is their “talent for finding joy in the moment. They don’t actively seek pleasure. It comes unbidden.” She’s learned the blissful art of just lingering over an espresso in a cafe and gazing at the exquisite architecture and the breathtakingly put-together Parisiennes. For them, small brings beaucoup bliss, whether it’s a stroll or a good glass of wine. They appreciate and expect something as insignificant as a tiny cake to be beautifully wrapped, which they will savor without guilt because it’s petit and not American-sized. Although understanding French attitudes may be futile or not worth the exhaustive effort, Rochefort makes it hard to argue with a philosophy that advocates slowing your pace, being fully engaged by what’s in front of you and incorporating four-course meals into your week. Agent: Regula Noëtzli. (Oct.)

 
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